AELA Conference 2016 – “The future of Australian environmental law: politics, reform and community activism”

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st October 2016




With the removal of Australia’s carbon price in 2014 and Australian governments continuing to ignore climate science and build our economic future on the mining and consumption of fossil fuels, what hope is there to protect our natural world? Is environmental law able to protect the environment – or is it all just politics?  What role will law reform and community activism play in building stronger environmental governance in Australia in the future? And can our laws and institutions keep up with innovative social movements to protect the Earth community?

Join us for a timely gathering to reflect on the current state and future possibilities for environmental law and governance in Australia.  Our two day conference will bring together members of the judiciary, climate change lawyers and experts, leaders from the environmental NGO sector, lawyers from public interest environmental law centres, community groups, academics and regulators.


Please click on the speaker names below for more information about their work


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  • Biographies for speakers in our plenary sessions
  • Abstracts and biographies for speakers in parallel sessions


  • REGISTRATION – now open – please click here to book your place at the conference, via our Trybooking Registration webpage
  • CONFERENCE DINNER – will be held Friday evening, 21st October 2016 at G’s Restaurant, on Griffith University Nathan campus (10 minute walk from conference venue).  You can book for the conference dinner when you register to attend the conference (please use the booking link above)
    • AELA recommends that visitors stay at the Robertson Gardens Comfort Inn & Suites, 281 Kessels Road, Nathan, Brisbane.  Robertson Gardens is the closest accommodation to the conference venue: a 15 to 20 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride. Bookings made in connection with the AELA Conference will be able to get motel rooms at the reduced rate of $165 per night, including breakfast. Further information can be found by clicking here.
  • RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNAL - If you’re able to stay in Brisbane for an extra day, join us at Australia’s first Rights of Nature Tribunal, being held on Saturday 22nd October, at Banco Court.  Please click here for more information and to book your place.
  • ARTS EVENTS - in conjunction with the Conference and Rights of Nature Tribunal, AELA is hosting 'RONA16', a national network of creative events to celebrate the Rights of Nature. In Brisbane, we're collaborating with Associate Professor Marian Drew who is curating a RONA16 exhibition called 'Plenty' from 26 September to 24 October at the Powerhouse.  Please click here to find out more about 'Plenty'.  We'll be hosting a special evening at the Powerhouse for interested conference delegates on Thursday 20th October.  Please see Page 3 of the Conference Program for more details.  RONA16 is part of AELA's 'Earth Arts' program.